Sara Hinkley CV – pdf


PhD    University of California at Berkeley, City and Regional Planning (2015)

  • Dissertation: Governing the Broke City: Fiscal Crisis and the Remaking of Urban Governance
  • Specializations: urban politics, public policy and finance, labor and economic development
  • Outside field: Economic Sociology. Designated Emphasis: Global Metropolitan Studies
  • Committee: Teresa Caldeira (chair), Ananya Roy, Malo Hutson, Marion Fourcade

MRP   University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, City and Regional Planning  (1999)
Thesis: Boundaries: Understanding Regional Cooperation in Atlanta

BA       Amherst College, Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies, magna cum laude 1993


  • Associate Director, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, UC Berkeley (2016-Present) Responsible for overall mission and direction of Institute, oversight of research and educational projects, and strategic planning.
  • Lecturer, Dept. of City and Regional Planning, UC Berkeley (2015-Present)
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Center for Labor Research and Education, UC Berkeley (2015-2016)


  • 2018 “Tightening the Belt: The Fiscal Politics of Retrenchment in San Jose, California,” in Cities Under Austerity, editors Mark Davidson and Kevin Ward, SUNY Press.
  • 2017    “Structurally adjusting: Narratives of fiscal crisis in four US cities.” Urban Studies, 54(9): 2123-2138.
  • 2010    “Reading Stories of Crisis and Recovery: What Next for the American City?” Berkeley Planning Journal, 23(1).
  • 2008    Chapple, K., Hinkley, S., & Makarewicz, C. “Business as Usual in California’s Suburbs? Exploring the Dynamics of Firm Relocation, 1990–2005.” Presented at the Joint Congress of the Assoc. of Collegiate Schools of Planning and the Assoc. of European Schools of Planning, Chicago.
  • 2003    “Working in America: A Blueprint for the New Labor Market, and: The Last Good Job in America” (book review). Labor Studies Journal, 28(3).
  • 1999    Hinkley, S., & Kaiser, E. J. “Making the Land Use-Water Quality Connection.” Carolina Planning Journal, 24(1), 29-40.


  • 2018 “Devolution and Debt: Financing Public Facilities in an Age of Austerity” with Rachel Weber and Amanda Kass, in Transforming the American Local State: Developmental Politics and the Eclipse of Democratic Governance, editors Dennis Judd, Evan McKenzie and Alba Alexander, University of Minnesota Press.


  • “Incentives and Austerity: How did the Great Recession affect municipal economic development policy?” with Rachel Weber. Submitted to Urban Affairs Review


  • “Regulating risk: Cities and finance in the wake of crisis.”
  • “Women’s work: The gendering of austerity.”
  • “Whose crisis is this? Public pensions and city budgets.”


  • 2018 Hinkley, S. & Coghlan, E. Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Update: Federal and California
  • 2018 Hinkley, S. & Coghlan, E. State Policy Strategies for Narrowing the Gender Wage Gap
  • 2016 Hinkley, S., Bernhardt, A., & Thomason, S. Race to the Bottom: How Low-Road Subcontracting Affects Working Conditions in California’s Property Services Industry.
  • 2002 Hinkley, S., & LeRoy, G. No More Secret Candy Store: A Grassroots Guide to Investigating Development Subsidies.
  • 2000 Hinkley, S., & LeRoy, G. Another Way Sprawl Happens: Economic Development Subsidies in a Twin Cities Suburb.
  • 2000 Hinkley, S., & LeRoy, G. Smart Growth and Workforce Development. Good Jobs First.
  • 2000 Hinkley, S., & Hsu, F. Minding the Candy Store: State Audits of Economic Development.


  • 2018 Invited panelist: “Finance, Crisis and the City: Ten Years after the Great Recession,” American Association of Geographers, April 2018.
  • 2017 Roundtable organizer: “Organizing & Planning I: Labor and Work” and “Organizing & Planning II: The scholar’s role in social movements,” American Collegiate Schools of Planning conference, October 2017.
  • 2017 Presenter: “Incentives and Austerity: Economic Development During the Great Recession in Eight U.S. Cities,” American Collegiate Schools of Planning conference, October 2017.
  • 2017 Invited Commentator, conference on Finance, Crisis and the City at NYU Florence, May 2017.
  • 2017 UC Berkeley Global Metropolitan Studies, 10th Anniversary conference. “Workers of the City, Unite!”, April 2017.
  • 2017 Panelist, “Fixing the Bay Area’s Growth Politics,” San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association, April 2017.
  • 2016 “A New Normal? Fiscal Space and Economic Development Incentives After the Recession.” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning conference, November 2016.
  • 2016 Session organizer: Beyond Austerity: Economic Development in the Wake of Crisis. Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning conference, November 2016.
  • 2016 Roundtable organizer: “Cities of hope? Urban organizing in a global and precarious world.” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning conference, November 2016.
  • 2016 “Turning pensioners into creditors: The political alchemy of financialization.” Association of American Geographers annual meeting.
  • 2014 “Risk, responsibility, and regulation: Cities and municipal finance in the wake of crisis.” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning conference.
  • 2014 Financialized Landscapes and the Power to Plan. Panel organized for the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning conference.
  • 2014 Fellow, Summer Institute in Economic Geography, Frankfurt, Germany.
  • 2014 “Every city is broke: How urban austerity becomes normal.” Association of American Geographers.
  • 2014 “‘Dumb, lazy, happy and rich’: Risky cities, or cities at risk?” Association of American Geographers annual meeting.
  • 2013 “Structurally adjusting: Narratives of fiscal crisis in five U.S. cities.” Interrogating Urban Crisis conference, Urban Studies Foundation.
  • 2013 “Governing the broke city: State policies and urban fiscal crisis.” Urban Affairs Association annual meeting.


University of California at Berkeley, Lecturer (2015-present)
Community and Economic Development; Economic Analysis for Planners; Regional Development Studio

University of California at Berkeley, Acting Instructor (2014)
Community and Economic Development

University of California at Berkeley, Graduate Student Instructor (2007-2013)
The History, Theory, & Ethics of Planning; The City: Theories and Methods in Urban Studies; Urbanization in Developing Countries; Global Poverty

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Teaching Assistant (1998-1999)

Urban Spatial Structure; Land Use Planning


Center for Labor Research and Education / IRLE, UC Berkeley (2015-16)
Postdoctoral Scholar: Researched and wrote reports on aspects of the low-wage labor market. Built and analyzed datasets using Census, BLS, and industry data sources on employment, industry structure, demographics, and public benefits.

Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley (2014)
Graduate Student Researcher: MacArthur Foundation-funded project: “Irrational Exuberance at City Hall: Local Government Resilience during Housing Booms and Busts.” Analyzed Census and state data on government spending, municipal debt, and pension funds.

Green Economy Project, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (2010)
Graduate Student Researcher: Using ACS and CPS data, analyzed occupational structure of the green economy: job openings, unemployment, labor force demographics, and working conditions by industry sector.

Institute of Urban & Regional Development / Center for Community Innovation (2008-09)
Graduate Student Researcher: Using the National Establishment Time Series (NETS) dataset and Census data, built robust statistical model of the migration, opening, closing, and expansion of California businesses.

Building Resilient Regions Project, MacArthur Foundation (2008)
Graduate Student Researcher: Wrote literature review on economic insecurity; developed research design and indicators for mapping economic insecurity by city; built model for studying the suburbanization of poverty.

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1877 (2004-07)
Senior Researcher, Justice for Janitors Campaign: Developed campaign strategies; wrote industry and corporate profiles; leveraged local development projects; evaluated policies affecting low-income and immigrant workers.

California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO (2002-04)
Senior Program Manager, Workforce & Economic Development: Built labor coalitions around training and economic issues; coordinated multi-city hotel industry training project; developed state policy agenda in workforce and economic development.

Good Jobs First, a project of the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (1999-2001)
Senior Analyst: Developed national research agenda on development subsidies; analyzed local, state, and federal economic development programs; studied best practices subsidy safeguards; gave workshops to activists, legislators, and researchers; supervised staff and spoke with the media.



  • Advanced user of Stata, SAS, SPSS, Excel, and ArcGIS.
  • Adept at database design and management, website design (WordPress), graphic design (Adobe InDesign), and online learning tools.
  • Extensive experience with public and private economic, demographic, and government data sources.
  • Intermediate written and spoken Spanish.


  • Environment and Planning A, Reviewer(2017-present)
  • Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Managing editor (2017-present)
  • Berkeley Planning Journal, Reviewer (2011-present)
  • College of Environmental Design Berkeley Circus, Distinguished Visiting Fellow (2017)
  • DCRP PhD Committee, Student Representative (2011-2013)

American Association of Geographers (AAG) (Economic Geography and Urban Geography)
Urban Affairs Association (UAA) • Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP)
Association of Public Data Users • Planners Network